Dec 24, 2012 2:30am PST
after hurricane sandy, but some of that pain has been eased by a relief project called train of hope led by a group of folks who know firsthand what a big difference a helping hand can make. nbc's michelle franzen has more. >> reporter: at the amtrak station in new orleans, volunteers from nearby swidell hard hit by katrina are on a mission organizing and packing up pallets of diapers, shoes, and blankets. the second run of donations for hurricane sandy victims. residents and firefighters here paying it forward. >> specifically we were focused on trying to make it better for the kids up there. >> reporter: in addition to basic supplies, this so-called train of hope will be filled with holiday toys all bound for sandy's smallest victims. >> reporter: 30 hours later the train rolls into newark, new jersey's penn station. 27 pallets in all, half the toys go to the marine's toys for tots program. the rest end up here at engine 155 ladder 78 in staten island. >> our own version of the polar express. >> reporter: children of firefighters, kids who lost everything in sandy's wake get to pick ou
Dec 26, 2012 2:00am PST
with a simple idea posted to twitter. what if we could honor the 26 lives lost at sandy hook elementary with small acts of kindness, leaving a stranger an unexpected tweak or inspirational message or a way to keep warm. >> i've always made quilts. i thought, wouldn't it be nice to make quilt, one for each child. and then donate them. >> reporter: using the #26acts, people began sharing their kindness kin kindness on social media and it has become a massive wave reaching to the halls of congress. >> i think america was looking for ways to demonstrate their grief, caring, empathy. >> reporter: to the other side of the world. >> i thought, if this makes someone smile, that's a pretty good thing. >> reporter: as more and more people shared their good deeds online, they inspired others. teachers inspired their students. in rhode island, they are collecting food and books for underprivilege. >> they by far exceeded anything i could have expected. >> reporter: after giving hand warmers to her bus driver, stephanie challenged her co-workers to do something, too. now, the drivers at chicago's w
Dec 11, 2012 2:00am PST
, and bald. he dumps her immediately. >>> george's parents claim their house was destroyed by sandy. he moves in. jerry breaks up with his girlfriend because she instagrams everything that she eats. george tries to get a job with the nets. all good. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned. "way too early" starts right now. >>> typical middle-class family of four will see an income tax hike of under $2,200. how many of you can afford to pay another $2,200 in taxes? not you? i didn't think so. you can't afford to lose that money.